Introduction: The Importance of Planning Ahead and Getting the Most Out of Your Sunday
Sunday is a day of rest and few obligations, so why not make the most of it? Whether you’re Christian or not, find peace in your day by exploring your interests, family values, or anything you want. Make your day count.
The Importance of Planning Ahead and Getting the Most Out of Your Sunday
“If you want to be happy, be. If you want to be free, do.” – Aldous Huxley
In a perfect world, Sundays wouldn’t be a problem. You could spend the day working on your hobbies or interests, taking care of your family or friends- maybe even sleeping in. In a perfect world, Sundays wouldn’t feel like a chore. But Sunday is often not a good day for remaining lazy. We are at work, we are in school, we are in church. We have designed our schedule so that we don’t get to be lazy on Sundays. But what if there was a way to make the most of your time on Sunday? Perhaps the best way to spend your weekend is to take some time to plan ahead and make your Sunday count.
1. Plan a Holiday or Weekend Getaway
It’s a great time to plan a getaway if you’re considering a break at the beach, near the mountains, or even in your yard (gardens make great places for parents with small children). Or perhaps you want to visit family or friends in another city and want to find that perfect gift for an aunt from her favorite knitting shop. Plan a weekend getaway to make the most of your Sunday, and enjoy the time together.
Pick a theme. If you’re just not sure where you want to go, start by picking a theme for your trip. To help you brainstorm, list all of your favorite activities and things you always wanted to do but haven’t yet tried. Once you have a list of themes, pick the one that is most appealing to everyone in your family and narrow it down to a specific location.
Make plans. Once you have an idea of where to go, start planning the details of your trip. Make a travel itinerary listing every single thing you’re planning to do during your trip. Some of these details might be as simple as when and where you will meet, but others will involve checking into the hotel and setting up special requests like extra pillows for an uncomfortable sleeping arrangement or clear instructions on what to expect at a specific restaurant. Include important phone numbers, e-mails, and voicemails in the plan.
2. Explore an Interesting Event in Your Local Area or Location Vacation-Worthy Destinations
If you’re a history buff, perhaps Sunday is the day for a visit to a historic site. For the art enthusiast, check out an artist’s gallery; you might even pick up a new technique or style. You could also support your local church or community event while getting to know your neighbors and fellow parishioners. And if the weather is nice, why not visit a theme park or amusement park? The choices are endless, but the best way to really find what’s out there is using your imagination and planning ahead.
To visit a historic site, you’ll need to know if there is one nearby. A bit of research online or in your local newspaper will reveal the options. If that’s too much work, you can always take a drive and see what turns up. It’s a great way to discover something new about your town or city.
To check out the arts, ask someone knowledgeable about local artists and galleries for tips on places to go and people to see. If you’re in a large city, it might be helpful to familiarize yourself with the art scene first before heading out.
3. Take a Day Trip to Visit Friends or Family
Traveling on Sunday is sometimes a hassle. You have to get travel permits, you could get stuck in a traffic jam, or you might even run into someone who thinks that everyone should go to church on Sunday. But if your destination is worth it and your friends or family are waiting for you, nothing will stop you from visiting them. It’s a great feeling knowing that you are welcomed at their home. Besides, Sunday is also a day to catch up on the latest news.
When you’re with friends and family, you can help each other. You might even get some useful advice if you are planning to travel. On the other hand, your friends and family can also give you insider information on how to save money while traveling.
It’s easy to get lost when visiting a new place. If this is your first time to travel alone, make sure that you know where you are going in advance. Breaking the journey into small steps and getting familiar with the place will help you travel light.